Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik has vowed to rise to the challenge set by his coach Rafael Benitez by scoring 15 goals this season.
The Slovakian attacking midfielder has already found the back of the net four times in the first two games of the season, yet he says more is to come after being set a lofty target by Napoli’s Spanish coach.
"I’ve got to say that scoring four in just two games really is something special," Hamsik told www.sport.sk. "I’d say it’s all the merit of having a fantastic team. I want to carry on this way because I’m feeling good. It's been a super start.
"Benitez has asked me to score 15 and it’s certainly not going to be easy, but let’s say he’s challenged me to do so. What matters, though, are the objectives of the side."
Hamsik, like Napoli, has hit the ground running this season, but he insists nobody will be getting away with the Azzurri’s start, nor is he expecting to carry on scoring in every game. That he will leave for Gonzalo Higuain.
"I’ve always scored early on in the season, in each year I’ve been with Napoli," he said. "Last year, for example, it was three in the first three games. Probably being top of the scoring charts will not last long, though, because the big strikers will soon start scoring."
Nevertheless, with his early-season goals, Hamsik has ensured that very few on the terraces at the Stadio San Paolo are still grumbling about the sale of Edinson Cavani to Paris Saint Germain, while he now has the motivation to better his best haul of goals in a Napoli shirt -- 12 from 2009-10.